HTML for AIDS Acronym

when AIDS means Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

New! Now updated with the inheritance rules for the title attribute in HTML 5

The easiest way to create HTML code indicating that the acronym AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is to simply include the acronym in an HTML <a> tag and an abbreviation tag (not an acronym tag):

<a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/" title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"
onclick="if (confirm('AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome')) return false;"
>
<abbr>AIDS</abbr>
</a>

This is the recommended code for both HTML 4 browsers and HTML 5 browsers. Some browsers, most notably IE, do not activate help when the title attribute is coded on the <abbr> tag, but they do work as expected for titles on the <a> tag. The <abbr> tag inherits its title attribute from the parent <a> tag.

If you are creating HTML code for the definition of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, the meaning of the acronym AIDS, then include a <dfn> definition tag around the <abbr> abbreviation tag and follow the entire HTML code for the hypertext link with the definition of the term:

<p>A <a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/" title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"
onclick="if (confirm('AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome">AIDS</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)....</p>

The <dfn> tag gets the term being defined from the title attribute of the <abbr> tag. The result should look like this (hovering your mouse over the AIDS acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A AIDS is ...(definition of "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome")....

If you are creating HTML code that simply expands the acronym then indicate that it is the AIDS acronymn which is being defined using an HTML <dfn> tag with a title attribute around the <abbr> tag and follow the HTML for the hypertext link with the acronym definition:

<p>When we use the acronym <a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/" title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"
onclick="if (confirm('AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome')) return false;"
>
<dfn title="AIDS"><abbr title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome">AIDS</abbr></dfn>
</a> it is the abbreviation for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.</p>

The result should look like this (hovering your mouse over the AIDS acronym shows the definition):

When we use the acronym AIDS it is the abbreviation for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Acronym Vocabulary URI Declaration

For the remaining examples, the Acronym Vocabulary namespace URI needs to be declared for use with element tag names and attribute values. For an HTML web page, the beginning of the file should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html [
<!ENTITY at "http://Acronyms.net/terms/">
<!ENTITY av "http://Acronyms.net/vocabulary/">
]>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:av="&av;">
<head>
<style type="text/css">
.hide { display: none }
</style>
...

This only needs to be done once per document file.

XLink simple link

First, declare the vocabulary as shown above. Then, add acronyms as follows:

<a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/" title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/"
xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt"
xlink:role="&av;definition"
xlink:title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>
<abbr
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="&at;Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome"
xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor"
xlink:role="&av;term"
xlink:title="AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>AIDS</abbr></dfn>
</a>

XLink extended link

First, declare the vocabulary as shown above. Then, add acronyms as follows:

<a xlink:type="extended" href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/" title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome">
<abbr xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="acronym">AIDS</abbr>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="verbal" xlink:title="pronunciation">aids</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="expand" xlink:title="expansion">Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="term" xlink:role="&av;term" xlink:href="&at;Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome" xlink:title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="definition" xlink:role="&av;definition" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/" xlink:title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="finder" xlink:role="&av;reference" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/reference/a/AIDS#Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome" xlink:title="AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;pronounceAs" xlink:to="verbal" xlink:actuate="onLoad"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;expandsTo" xlink:to="expand"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor" xlink:to="term"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="term" xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt" xlink:to="definition" xlink:show="new" xlink:actuate="onRequest"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;foundAt" xlink:to="finder" xlink:show="new" xlink:actuate="onRequest"/>
</a>

embedded RDF metadata

First, declare the vocabulary as shown above. Then, add acronyms as follows:

<a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome/" title="Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome">
<abbr>AIDS</abbr>
</a>

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